PRO License Keys: When You Need Them & When You Don’t

There’s been a bit of confusion surrounding when you do and don’t need your Events Calendar PRO license key lately, so I wanted to shed some light on the matter. The license keys serve two specific purposes: granting you access to the support forums at, and clearing you for access to future plugin updates as they come. This means that if you want to make sure your plugin is current — you should probably have a license code in place.

What it doesn’t mean, however, is that certain features stop working or are disabled until a license key is added. There is no Events Calendar functionality on the WordPress backend that only works with the license key present…everything works out of the box regardless of whether you plug a key in or not.

For a number of users, much of their development work is done on a staging or dev site before it is pushed live. This means two different URLs — and is bound to raise the question of whether you need to buy two different license keys in this situation.

Well, you don’t. One license key will suffice. You can either:

  • Ignore the license key on the staging site, and save it for the live site; or
  • Add the license key on the staging site and then unlink it through your account at when launch time comes, so it’s available for use at the live site.

If you need to update your development site but don’t have a license key on it, you can always download the latest version of the plugin from Account Central –> Downloads and install it manually.

Remember that you have complete control over your license keys & what sites they’re tied to by logging in at and going to Account Central –> License Keys. So if you’re ever concerned that the key may be linked to a site it shouldn’t be, that’s the first spot you should check. If you need to unregister or move a license key, check out this walkthrough of the process.

Hopefully this clears things up. If you’re still confused or have questions, drop a note in the comments and we’ll elaborate.

Comments (3)
  1. Pingback: Finding Your PRO License Key & Re-Downloading The Plugin | Modern Tribe Inc.

  2. I am having a bit of a problem installing my license key. I put the new key in and it gets checked, says it is valid but then when I hit save anther key takes it place and and says it out of installs.

    I am helping out with this site and am new to Events Calendar Pro.

    Please point me in the right direction or write me back at


    1. Hi there ap. Thanks for the note here; this does sound like an interesting issue and I definitely want to get a member of the support team to take a look. Would you mind moving the discussion over to the forums (, so a member of our community team can try to assist? Thanks in advance!

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